Comment - on the riots
Motion proposed by David Flint and passed by the Green Party Conference in September 2011
Conference is appalled at the outbreak of violence, looting, arson and murder that took place in English
cities in August. The riots were a manifestation of anger that has deep roots and obvious triggers. The
roots include inequality, loss of social cohesion, cuts in local public services, unemployment, increasing
poverty, resentment against the police, consumerism and gang culture. The triggers were the Police's killing
of Mark Duggan and the exceptionally inept handling of its aftermath.
To address these problems we advocate immediate action to reverse the cuts in public services, increase
support for disadvantaged communities and provide a 100% earnings disregard for work of local benefit. In
punishing rioters there should be more use of restorative justice and community payback orders. There must
also be an independent inquiry into the death of Mark Duggan and its aftermath.
These measures, however, will not deal with the roots of the problem. We call for a public inquiry into the
deeper causes of social breakdown which lie as much in the excesses of the powerful as in the conditions of
the powerless. This inquiry should seek to create a consensus for remedial actions which need to be as radical
as those that created the welfare state 60 years ago.
Conference calls upon our elected representatives to put forward these measures at every relevant
Published and promoted
by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13